Utah Royals FC

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Utah Royals FC
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Full nameUtah Royals Football Club
FoundedDecember 1, 2017;14 months ago (2017-12-01)
Stadium Rio Tinto Stadium
Sandy, Utah
Capacity20,213
Owner Dell Loy Hansen
General Manager Craig Waibel
Head Coach Laura Harvey
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Utah Royals FC is an American women's professional soccer club based in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, that plays in the National Women's Soccer League, the top flight of American women's soccer. The club was established on December 1, 2017, and began their first professional season in 2018.

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Salt Lake City State capital city in Utah, United States

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History

Establishment

On November 16, 2017, Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer announced that it had acquired a franchise in the National Women's Soccer League. [1] On November 20, 2017, the league announced that FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League would fold their club, and the team's player contracts, draft picks, and other rights would be transferred to the new Salt Lake City club. [2] As of August 2017, Utah's six Division 1 women's soccer teams outnumber the men's [3] [4] and the state has the highest rate of girl high school soccer players recruited by Division 1 colleges. [5] Attendance at Division 1 women's soccer games in Utah is among the highest in the NCAA. [5] The decision to bring a NWSL team to Utah was based on the established interest in women's soccer in the state as well as Dell Loy Hansen's gut feeling and longtime interest in a team. [5]

Real Salt Lake association football club

Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer franchise that competes as a member club of Major League Soccer (MLS) Western Conference. RSL began play in 2005 as an expansion team of the league. The club was founded in 2004 when the club's first owner and founder was awarded an expansion berth in Major League Soccer.

Major League Soccer Professional soccer league

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 24 teams—21 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries. The regular season runs from March to October, with each team playing 34 games; the team with the best record is awarded the Supporters' Shield. Fourteen teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs through October and November, culminating in the championship game, the MLS Cup. MLS teams also play in domestic competitions against teams from other divisions in the U.S. Open Cup and in the Canadian Championship. MLS teams also compete against continental rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League.

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

The new Salt Lake City team announced its hiring of former Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey as its inaugural head coach on November 27, 2017. [6]

Laura Harvey Association football coach

Laura Harvey is an English professional women's football coach and former player. Currently the head coach of Utah Royals FC, she previously managed Seattle Reign FC, Arsenal, and Birmingham City. She was also involved with youth set-ups of the United States and England. Harvey was named FAWSL Coach of the Year in 2011 after guiding Arsenal to win the league title, FA Cup, and Continental Cup. She was named NWSL Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

Team name, badge, and colors unveiled

The team was officially launched on December 1, 2017 with the announcements of its name, branding, season tickets, and social media. [7] The badge features a gold Lioness head and “Claret Red” (Pantone 201 C), “Cobalt Blue” (Pantone 2758 CV) and “Victory Gold” (Pantone 1235 CP) colors. Two stylized balls surround the name “UTAH ROYALS FC” in the lower half of the badge which represent the team's connection to the organization's MLS and United Soccer League teams. [8] Rio Tinto Stadium was named as the team's playing grounds. [9] By the end of the month, more than 2,000 season tickets had been sold. [10] By early April 2018, the number of season ticket holders had increased to 5,000. [11]

Rio Tinto Stadium soccer-specific stadium in Sandy, Utah, USA

Rio Tinto Stadium is an American soccer-specific stadium in Sandy, Utah, that serves as home stadium for Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake and National Women's Soccer League club Utah Royals FC. The stadium opened on October 9, 2008, and seats 20,213 for soccer, but can be expanded to over 25,000 for concerts.

Inaugural season

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir scored the first goal in franchise history on March 24, 2018 in the third minute of the club's inaugural match against Orlando Pride in Orlando. [12] 18,500 tickets were sold ahead of their first home match (with only club seats and standing-only tickets remaining). [13] Official attendance the day of the match, in which they played the Chicago Red Stars, was reported as 19,203. [14]

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir association football player

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Iceland women's national football team and Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and currently on loan to Australian club Adelaide United for the 2018–19 W-League season. Gunnhildur has seven siblings; Tindur, Urður, Ilmur, Þórunn, Sigurður, Sæmundur, and Elfur. Her parents are Laufey Sigurðardóttir and Jón Saemundsson.

Orlando Pride American womens soccer club

The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., for the 2016 season. The tenth team to be added to the league, they are affiliated with the men's team Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer. They play their home games at Orlando City Stadium.

Sponsorship

In February 2018, the Royals announced a three-year multimillion-dollar deal with Conservice, a utility company based in Logan, Utah. [15] The company's logo is featured on the front of the team's jerseys. [16]

Logan, Utah City in Utah, United States

Logan City, commonly referred to Logan, is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. The 2010 census recorded the population was 48,174, with an estimated population of 48,997 in 2014. By 2050 the population of Logan is expected to double. Logan is the county seat of Cache County and the principal city of the Logan metropolitan area, which includes Cache County and Franklin County, Idaho. The Logan metropolitan area contained 125,442 people as of the 2010 census. and was declared by Morgan Quitno in 2005 and 2007 to be the safest in the United States in those years. Logan also is the location of the main campus of Utah State University.

Stadium

NameLocationYears in useCapacity
Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah 2018–present20,213
Rio Tinto Stadium Rio Tinto Stadium.jpg
Rio Tinto Stadium

Utah Royals FC play at Rio Tinto Stadium located 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City in Sandy, Utah, as the men's team, Real Salt Lake, does. [7] Rio Tinto is a soccer-specific stadium which opened on October 9, 2008. [17] The pitch features Kentucky Bluegrass [18] and is 120 × 75 yards. [19] The stadiums seats 20,213 for soccer matches. [19]

Players and coaches

Current squad

As of March 4, 2019. [20] [21]
No.PositionPlayerNation
1 Goalkeeper Abby Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2 Defender Rachel Corsie Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
3 Defender Becca Moros Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4 Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (captain)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
5 Defender Kelley O'Hara Flag of the United States.svg  United States
6 Defender Katie Bowen Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
7 Midfielder Mandy Laddish Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8 Forward Amy Rodriguez Flag of the United States.svg  United States
9 Midfielder Lo'eau LaBonta Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10 Midfielder Diana Matheson Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
11 Midfielder Desiree Scott Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
12 Midfielder Taylor Lytle Flag of the United States.svg  United States
15 Forward Erika Tymrak Flag of the United States.svg  United States
16 Defender Samantha Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States
17 Defender Sydney Miramontez Flag of the United States.svg  United States
18 Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart Flag of the United States.svg  United States
21 Midfielder Verónica Boquete Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
23 Forward Christen Press Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 Forward Katie Stengel Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 Forward Brittany Ratcliffe Flag of the United States.svg  United States
66 Midfielder Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Midfielder Makenzy Doniak Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey
Assistant coach Flag of England.svg Scott Parkinson

Statistics and records

Season-by-season

As of September 8, 2018
Season NWSL FinalsTop Scorer
PWDLGFGAPtsPositionPlayerGoals
2018 249872223355thDid not qualify Flag of the United States.svg Katie Stengel 6

Head coaches record

As of September 8, 2018
NameNationalityTenurePWDLGFGAWin%
Laura Harvey Flag of England.svg  England December 1, 2017–Present249872223037.50

Broadcasting

As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks that started in 2017, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. [22] [23] The Royals will be featured in six NWSL Game of the Week broadcasts during the 2018 season on: April 14, April 21, May 19, July 14, August 11, and September 8. [24] Since 2017, many league matches are streamed by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers. [25]

Utah Royals home games are broadcast via local television on KMYU TV and streamed via the KSL OTT app. [26] On local radio, ESPN700 AM will carry the majority of Royals games – as it does for Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs. [26]

See also

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